Phoenix Union Bioscience High School was recently notified that Principal Dr. Holly Batsell has earned the 2020 Maricopa County Exemplary Principal Award.
The Maricopa County Exemplary Principal Award, formerly known as the Rodel Exemplary Principal Award, recognizes principals in Maricopa County who exemplify practices and leadership that contribute to high expectations and exceptional student learning. Principals are chosen based on a robust nomination process that includes five phases. Aspects of the process involve a site visit, interviews with staff members, classroom walkthroughs, and an observation of a leadership team meeting.
The process includes a review of the last three years of achievement data to identify schools with a history of high student achievement, student growth, and teacher retention. Superintendents are then invited to nominate principals who meet the established criteria.
“Bioscience High School, with Dr. Holly Batsell’s steady leadership for the past four years, is routinely ranked as one of the top high schools in Arizona, earning an “A” for the past two years”, said PXU Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson. “With an emphasis on an integrated, rigorous curriculum while incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math, Dr. Batsell has successfully focused on increasing ACT scores and increasing student enrollment and retention. She has high expectations for herself and her staff.” Dr. Gestson continued, “these expectations have translated into positive and supportive school culture. This, in turn, consistently promotes student success. Bioscience students receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year and many go on to successful STEM careers. The honor of being named a National Blue Ribbon School is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all Bioscience staff.”